by Doug from The Clutters in New Music on Wednesday 1 June 2011

Larry Norman has been described as the father of Christian Contemporary Music, but please don’t hold that against him.

In reality, he (reportedly) smoked lots of weed, fathered illegitimate children, and slept with his guitarist wife. He also made some of the most fucked up albums I’ve ever heard, taking the sounds of Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Simon & Garfunkel and mixing it with the good word. Charles Thompson of the Pixies lists him as a hero. (‘Come On Pilgrim’ is a line from a Larry Norman song)